Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Classroom Finds

I don't know about you, but every summer I'm always on the look out for new things for my classroom. Most of the time it is things to organize the stuff that I accumulated over the previous year.  The following are just some of the things that I have found this summer.

I got these at Michaels for 44% off and then an additional 15% off. I'm going to be honest and tell you I have no idea what I am going to use them for, but they were too cute and such a good deal that I couldn't pass them up!

I got 2 of these next two containers (also at Michaels) for $11.99 - 44% off - 15% off = $5.70.

I'm going to hold my task cards in them.  I've seen many different ways that people store their task cards on Pinterest and the idea of putting them in pocket accordion files seemed to be the best way for me. I had originally wanted to use different colors for different subjects, but I couldn't find enough in each color.  Most of these are from Target's Dollar Spot. The ones with the black elastic are from Dollar Tree. The base of these are just a tad bigger than the Target files. I'm going to print out labels on the little address labels (the ones that fit about 80 to a sheet) and put the topic on the files.

I got some of the large accordion files to hold the answer sheets for the task cards.

Target had a good assortment of stickers in their Dollar Spot. The smilies and star stickers will go on the behavior clips and the larger stickers are for graded papers.

There is a pin floating around Pinterest about using creates to sort your colored paper. I got 3 of these to hold my colored copy paper and cardstock. ($3.99 at Target)

I can't decide if these are going in the prize drawer (the kiddos LOVE Post-It notes) or maybe using these for our interactive notebooks. They were a $1 at The Dollar Tree.

The kiddos are ALWAYS bring back erasers from the Scholastic Book Fairs, so when I saw these I knew they would be perfect for our prize drawer.  I think I got these at Target's Dollar Spot.

The next three pictures are cute little notebooks, erasers and stickers for the prize drawer. They were all in the clearance section at Walmart for $0.50 a piece.

I saw these tubs at Big Lots and went back and forth about getting them.  But I decided to get them because they are the perfect size for storing our interactive notebooks. I have milk crates that I use now, but these will take up less space and the notebooks will be neater because they will be standing up instead of going every which way laying down in the crate.

Half price flip chart markers at Staples.  If you check out their coupon section, you can usually get a good deal.  

These tabs that I got at Staples will be used in our interactive notebooks to divide the sections. The top row I got for $2 a piece (1/2 price with coupon) and the botton row were on clearance for $1 each.  

What goodies have you found over your summer break? Please share in the comments so we can all check them out!


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    1. I had to have them as soon as I saw them! I think I might use them as prize boxes.

  2. Those are my FAVORITE anchor chart markers!!! Thanks for the heads-up about the great price!!

    Wild About Fifth Grade

  3. I am SO jealous of your back to school shopping. Until I have a job for sure, I won't even let myself look (because I know I'll find a million things I don't need!)- but you found such great things! :) I can't wait to see what you do with them in your classroom!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

    1. I post most of my organizing stuff on my own blog. I hope you will check it out!


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